MOUNT VERNON — Last week the Knox County Board of Commissioners authorized the establishment of a temporary four-way stop at the intersection of Upper Fredericktown-Amity and Old Mansfield roads in Berlin Township.
The action was taken because area residents had petitioned the board to make the change due to poor visibility, speeding traffic, accidents and near misses. After input from the county engineer and law enforcement, the commissioners agreed to place the signs for a 60-day trial period, pending public feedback about the change.
On Thursday, Janis Garcia and her daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth Garcia, who live at the intersection, talked with the commissioners about the four-way stop. They believe the four-way stop should be discontinued because “it is a waste of money and resources.”
Janis Garcia said only one serious accident occurred at the intersection in the 14 years the family has lived on its northeast corner. “Since this intersection was turned into a four-way stop, we have witnessed more than two dozen dangerous situations, with potential for injury,” she said. “We had a safer intersection when there were only two stop signs present.”
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